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101  Special User Sections / Site/Forum Features / Re: v\View first unread in thread? on: November 23, 2014, 10:19:59 PM
Most forums have a "view first unread" button for threads.  I found one reference to pressing the "new icon" to show the first unread in the thread.  Bit I don't see the icon or anything that looks like it will view the first unread post.  I've been hitting "Go Down" then backing up..  kind of awkward.  Is there a button that does the View First Unread in Thread function?

...I can only assume the board software somehow makes it awkward to implement or everyone is fine with a chain of new posts from mixed threads.  Either way it looks like no joy.
 guess I'll just switch to newest post at top of thread instead of chronological order.

Though it's neither a "button" nor a solution, the closest approach to a solution that I had for this same requirement was in Google Reader, which had  a rather good Firefox add-in - "Google Reader Filter", that was really handy on DCF where you could have lots of new posts on the same/different threads, interspersed with new topic posts. I managed to get it so that the filter displayed only the latest post in any ongoing discussion, thus, you only saw the latest post (with a prefix "Re:") or the first post of a new topic. This got rid of all the "noise" and greatly assisted skim-reading:


102  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Peer Review and the Scientific Process on: November 23, 2014, 09:37:34 PM
There have been several scientific frauds covered in this discussion thread, and today I was reading a new review of one of the biggest such frauds - a fraud with an effective lifetime that spanned approx. 40 years, even getting into school textbooks on prehistory as a bona fide discovery of palaeontology: Piltdown Man: Untangling One of the Most Infamous Hoaxes in Scientific History—Blog—The Appendix
What is especially interesting here is that several very distinguished scientists apparently collaborated in this deliberate fraud, in peer review and invention, and even today we are not entirely sure about the "why"/motivation for doing it. The urge that some scientists evidently sometimes succumb to - to create a fraud - is nothing particularly new or peculiar to modern-day science, though the motives are not necessarily fully understood or the same in each case.
(The review is copied below sans embedded hyperlinks/images.)
Piltdown Man: Untangling One of the Most Infamous Hoaxes in Scientific History

Posted by Lydia Pyne on May 16, 2014

Few scientific forgeries have captured the scientific and public imaginations as completely as that of the 1912 Piltdown Man hoax. While examples of blatant fraud can be found in many scientific disciplines over the centuries, out-and-out forgeries and hoaxes prove to be relatively rare. The Piltdown Man is one of the most studied and least resolved incidents in the history of paleoanthropology – an episode surrounded by mystery and intrigue.

It would seem that just about everyone who is anyone in the paleo-community of the last sixty years has a theory about who perpetrated the fossil hoax; why it lasted as long as it did (forty years); and what Piltdown meant (and means) to paleoanthropology. Suspects charged with perpetrating the hoax have included the fossil’s discoverer Charles Dawson, scientific notables like William J. Sollas and Sir Arthur Keith, and even Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and the philosopher Pierre Teilhard de Chardin.

A 1915 group portrait by John Cooke, Charles Dawson and others associated with the Piltdown find. Wikimedia Commons

In the first decade of twentieth-century, the fledgling discipline had few fossils to hang its science on. A couple of Neanderthal skulls, a few specimens from France, some scattered skeletal elements from around Europe, a skull from Australia – to say nothing of Eugene Dubois’s famous 1891 find in Java (which he termed Pithecanthropus erectus) which firmly established Southeast Asia as an epicenter of human evolution for the scientific communities of Europe. Equally as debated as the geographic origin of human ancestry was the evolutionary sequence of “human-like” traits and the order that these traits appear in the fossil record. For the early twentieth-century paleo-community, the question of whether brains (read: a surrogate for culture) developed before or after bipedalism (read: non-cultural anatomy) occupied a good proportion of paleo-research efforts.

The Piltdown material itself came to the attention of British intellectuals, like paleontologist Arthur Smith Woodward, via the British Museum upon the fossil’s excavation in 1912. The Piltdown fossil consisted of a mandibular fragment (the lower jaw) as well as portions of the crania (the skull), recovered from the Piltdown gravels of East Sussex by antiquarian Charles Dawson. The find was promptly and rather grandiosely named Eoanthropus dawsoni.

Skull of the “Eoanthropus Dawsoni” (Piltdown Man). Wellcome Images

Woodward claimed that the find pointed to a “missing link” in the chain of human evolution – a fossil that could be reconstructed as a human ancestor with a large brain. This would have been a testament to the long-term significance of culture and intellectual prowess in the evolution of Homo sapiens.

Woodward wasn’t alone in his interpretation. The Piltdown fossils became readily accepted by the paleo-community. Indeed, many fossils found in subsequent decades (such as the 1925 Taung Child in South Africa) were ignored due to the influence of Piltdown. Even prominent American paleontologist Henry Fairfield Osborn (then-president of the American Museum of Natural History) declared the skull and jaw a perfect fit and the specimen fascinating.

A photograph by John Frisby of Uckfield, showing excavations at the Piltdown gravels in 1912. Standing centre left in the picture is the white-bearded figure of Arthur Smith Woodward and working in the trench on the right is Charles Dawson, the local solicitor who had "discovered" the skull of "Piltdown Man." Photo and caption courtesy of http://www.photohistory-sussex.co.uk/index.htm.

Arthur Smith Woodward and Uckfield photographer John Frisby inspect the excavations at Piltdown in 1912. Arthur Smith Woodward was a palaeontologist and Keeper of Geology at the Natural History Museum in South Kensington. http://www.photohistory-sussex.co.uk/index.htm

In 1953, a committee of sorts convened to evaluate the growing dissatisfaction with the fossil and the evidence against it being legitimate. In the end, “fossil” was demonstrated to comprise three “modern” species – a human skull, an orangutan jaw, and chimpanzee teeth. The teeth had been filed down and the entire set of bones stained with an iron solution. A few scientists in the early days of the fossil’s fame (like Franz Weidenreich, discoverer of the 1930s fossils ascribed to the so-called Peking Man) declared the fossil a forgery, but it wasn’t until 40 years after the fossil’s entry into the paleo community that is was exposed for what it was.

But what was it? A forgery? A hoax? A joke? A gross error in bending facts to fit a theory?

On some level, the Piltdown “fossil” is all of these things. However, it is also an important lesson not only about early twentieth-century science's search for a missing link, but also our own. In a discourse where chains, links, and linearity are treated not only as helpful metaphors ("the Great Chain of Being," "the Tree of Life"), but as actual explanation for biological phenomenon, Piltdown Man serves as a reminder that missing links can also be invented ones.

A reconstruction of the Piltdown man in three quarters profile. Wellcome Images

Acknowledgments: The author would like to acknowledge the Pennoni Honors College, Drexel University and the generous time and conversations of Dr. Francis Thackery (University of Witwatersrand.)
Recommended Links
    The Piltdown Inquest by Charles Blinderman
    Piltdown: A Scientific Forgery by Frank Spencer
    Bones of Contention by Roger Lewin
103  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 58 Cognitive Biases That Screw Up Everything We Do on: November 23, 2014, 09:12:32 PM
Tying in with my comment above re the "Nullius in verba/verbo." motto of the Royal Society, London, I have cross-posted this from the "Peer Review" discussion thread:
A new Decalogue for Peer Review and the Scientific Process
Here is some sage advice on thinking from Bertrand Russell, in regard to teaching, and which could equally well be applied to science and peer review. I have copied it below from an RSS feed I subscribe to at brainpickings.org: (well worth a read)
(Copied below sans embedded hyperlinks/images.)
British philosopher, mathematician, historian, and social critic Bertrand Russell endures as one of the most intellectually diverse and influential thinkers in modern history, his philosophy of religion in particular having shaped the work of such modern atheism champions as Christopher Hitchens, Daniel Dennett, and Richard Dawkins. From the third volume of The Autobiography of Bertrand Russell: 1944-1969 comes this remarkable micro-manifesto, entitled A Liberal Decalogue — a vision for responsibilities of a teacher, in which Russell touches on a number of recurring themes from pickings past — the purpose of education, the value of uncertainty, the importance of critical thinking, the gift of intelligent criticism, and more.
It originally appeared in the December 16, 1951, issue of The New York Times Magazine, at the end of the article “The best answer to fanaticism: Liberalism.”
Perhaps the essence of the Liberal outlook could be summed up in a new decalogue, not intended to replace the old one but only to supplement it. The Ten Commandments that, as a teacher, I should wish to promulgate, might be set forth as follows:
  • 1. Do not feel absolutely certain of anything.
  • 2. Do not think it worth while to proceed by concealing evidence, for the evidence is sure to come to light.
  • 3. Never try to discourage thinking for you are sure to succeed.
  • 4. When you meet with opposition, even if it should be from your husband or your children, endeavor to overcome it by argument and not by authority, for a victory dependent upon authority is unreal and illusory.
  • 5. Have no respect for the authority of others, for there are always contrary authorities to be found.
  • 6. Do not use power to suppress opinions you think pernicious, for if you do the opinions will suppress you.
  • 7. Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.
  • 8. Find more pleasure in intelligent dissent than in passive agreement, for, if you value intelligence as you should, the former implies a deeper agreement than the latter.
  • 9. Be scrupulously truthful, even if the truth is inconvenient, for it is more inconvenient when you try to conceal it.
  • 10. Do not feel envious of the happiness of those who live in a fool’s paradise, for only a fool will think that it is happiness.
The Autobiography of Bertrand Russell is a treasure trove of wisdom in its entirety — highly recommended.
104  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Paper: Assumptions in Cryptography - Koblitz and Menezes (2010) on: November 23, 2014, 08:49:48 PM
An interesting paper from 2010: http://www.ams.org/notice.../201003/rtx100300357p.pdf
The Brave New World of Bodacious Assumptions in Cryptography - Neal Koblitz and Alfred Menezes (2010)

Also some accidental irony in the conclusions where there is an implication of the role of the NSA as some kind of approving authority on the matter, rather than as we know it today  - i.e., as an apparently State-sponsored national and international security hacking authority.
105  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2015 / Re: NANY 2015 Pledge: Installer Crapware Wrapper Detection DLL on: November 23, 2014, 06:51:01 PM
...That's what I meant Iain, today it didn't seem to be there.
Yes, I realised that. I was posting not so much to agree with you as to say that I thought it used to be there (until very recently).
By the way, I forgot to mention that, depending on the source one used to download Java/Flash from, it could make a difference as to whether it had a PUP installed.
106  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Ello.co - new social network/forum (no advertising or membership data-gathering) on: November 23, 2014, 06:40:39 PM
My very quick input:
The design:  Horrific.
The Profile Layout: I think my eyes are bleeding.
The Features: Nothing Interesting.
My consensus:
Yet another social network I won't be joining.

Hahaha. Not too dissimilar to my first impressions on trying it out today...    Wink
It's a bit kludgy too, but that's OK, it's early days yet, still in Beta.
107  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Ello.co - new social network/forum (no advertising or membership data-gathering) on: November 23, 2014, 04:37:48 PM
Not sure whether Ello.co  has been mentioned on DCF already, so I apologise in advance for any duplication.
In early October this year (2014) I requested an invite to join Ello - an interesting newfangled social network that I had read about that was starting up in Beta.
They responded to the effect that they were taking people on board in groups for the Beta, and would invite me at a later stage.
Today they sent me an invite, and so I have now registered.
I have listed below some relevant details about Ello.
However, I would first like to mention that amongst their discussions was one where I came across a very interesting link to this article: Younger Users Spend More Daily Time on Social Networks - eMarketer

I tend to take all market research with a pinch of salt, but if there is any truth in the above article, then the amount of time that people are apparently prepared to dedicate to expending their cognitive surplus (which occupies their their awareness during their waking hours) on social networks is pretty interesting.

Now, about Ello.co (from their own blurb):
  • email 2014-10-05:
    Thank you for your interest in Ello.
    We will invite you as soon as we can. Ello is currently in beta, and we are inviting new users in small groups as we roll out new features.
    In the meantime, please share our Manifesto — and help us spread the word.

  • email 2014-11-24:
    Lucian Föhr (@lucian) has invited you to join Ello. Simple, beautiful & ad-free.
    Created by seven artists and designers, Ello is the social network you have been waiting for. Simple, beautiful & ad-free.
    Click the link below to create your account and get started.

  • Ello | wtf | # Ello ManifestoYour social network
    Ello Manifesto
    Your social network is owned by advertisers.
    Every post you share, every friend you make, and every link you follow is tracked, recorded, and converted into data. Advertisers buy your data so they can show you more ads. You are the product that’s bought and sold.
    We believe there is a better way. We believe in audacity. We believe in beauty, simplicity, and transparency. We believe that the people who make things and the people who use them should be in partnership.
    We believe a social network can be a tool for empowerment. Not a tool to deceive, coerce, and manipulate — but a place to connect, create, and celebrate life.
    You are not a product.


  • Take a look at: Ello | wtf | # About Ello[What is Ello?](/wtf/post/about-ello)Updated
108  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2015 / Re: NANY 2015 Pledge: Installer Crapware Wrapper Detection DLL on: November 23, 2014, 03:23:15 PM
Not sure if this is true today but I think Oracle's Java and/or Adobe/Macromedia Flash Player installs used to (and may still do) come bundled with the Ask.com web browser search installer.
From memory, I recall that MBAM (Malwarebytes) is able to detect some candyware as PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs) that it has recorded in its virus signature database. It detects the signature files for PUPs in software installers and I think (but am not sure) that it may even sometimes be able to isolate/remove the PUP components from the main software install, leaving the basic software installer intact.

I shall post a query for clarification about this in the MBAM support forum and drop the answer in this thread.
109  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: IsoBuster Pro - Mini-Review on: November 21, 2014, 01:57:07 PM
UPDATE: 2014-11-22 0851hrs: IsoBuster v3.5 beta (2014-11-21).
I have also added details to the table in the OP of this mini-review:
  • To summarise a list of the range of media IsoBuster can recover data from.
  • To provide a link to a Testimonials page.
  • To provide a link to reviews in PC forums and discussion groups.
110  DonationCoder.com Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: Sorting - latest copy on top on: November 21, 2014, 07:28:31 AM
I think the conclusion is that CHS always sorts to the bottom when you start up, and I have to try to fix that.
I just tested this. I see what you mean. Though the options say it sets sort order etc. in the layout you select, it always positions the pointer at the logical "bottom" of the captured items in the pane, regardless of whether they were sorted in ascending or descending order.
I never noticed this before as I always want to sort in ascending order with the last captured clip being shown at the bottom of the pane.
111  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: WizNote (a PIM from China) - Mini-Review + Provisional User Forum on: November 21, 2014, 07:06:28 AM
Yes, that Chinese Cloud dependency is a bit of a security worry - almost as bad as a US Cloud dependency (which you now know with certainty is being hacked by NSA or some other State function).   ...   

I too miss the Client-based Evernote v2 approach - though it was not as comprehensive as I would have liked. That is why I have provisionally plumped for OneNote - which can be Client-based and/or Cloud-based, plus it has encryption of discrete parts or all of a Notebook.
112  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: good Videos [short films] here :) on: November 21, 2014, 06:55:21 AM
Yes, you may well have already posted them in this thread. I can't keep up with all the recommendations here - I rarely watch video, but when I do, I tend to gorge myself. I recall having seen SEED before, but not Worlds Apart.
113  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Hard Drive SMART Stats - from the BackBlaze Blog on: November 21, 2014, 05:03:34 AM
@4wd: Blimey. What did you do to get that result? Why does it have the Plus and Minus next to the 100% Health report? I've never seen that before.
Did you somehow set the offset to -1639, or did HDS do that? I haven't thrown away that "bad" drive of mine. If it still has life and is not deteriorating, then maybe I should put a new image on it?

Is that (writing a new image) the sort of thing @SeraphimLabs means where he writes:
...I've salvaged quite a few 'bad' devices that way, simply overwriting them repeatedly a few times to brute force trigger the remapping sequence.
Overwriting them repeatedly is what Spinrite does, I think - except it didn't work on that particular drive of mine:
...The software was unable to run on my hardware (disk drive) - for the simple technical reason that it was not possible to effect a BIOS switch change to enable it. ...
114  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: good Videos [short films] here :) on: November 20, 2014, 04:51:24 PM
@panzer: Thanks for those links!
I found IDIOTS to be quite a good satirical social commentary. It captured almost exactly my thoughts on the matter - for years I have found such idiocy incomprehensible, but am usually too polite to make comment about it. I had wondered whether others saw it also.
As for Father And Daughter - 2000 Academy Award for Animated Short Film, it was a very good find, I thought. I found it gently, hauntingly, heartbreakingly beautiful - but that's just my perception. Others may perceive something different from it.

Then I became "hooked" as I followed some other interesting videos/films linked/related on the YouTube page, and watched those also:
  • CGI Award-Winning Animated Short Film HD: "Worlds Apart" - by Michael Zachary Huber (9:06mins)
    From The CGBros
    Published on 23 Jan 2014
    Watch this fantastic **Multi-Award Winning** CGI Animated sci-fi short film, that tells the story of a young Central California family caught in an unimaginable situation. Told through the eyes of a child's teddy bear, Worlds Apart is part cautionary fairytale and part science fiction thriller. The film has garnered fourteen Best Animation awards from festivals around the globe.
    This version of Worlds Apart features an excellent film score by Chad Seiter. Having worked on films such as The Incredibles and Ratatouille, Chad was the perfect person to undertake the score and orchestration for Worlds Apart. For the final recording Chad assembled some of the most talented musicians in Hollywood, this included artists from the LA Philharmonic.
    This is the third film written, produced, and directed by Michael Zachary Huber.
    To reach Chad and see his full list of credits look here.
    For more information on the film you can contact the director at:
    Email - mzhuber@gmail.com

  • CLOSER - Sci-Fi Short Movie - Full HD (19:23mins)
    From Riviera Film
    Published on 5 Sep 2013
    Sci-Fi Short Film Directed by Angelo Licata.
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/closerscifi
    Officiale page: http://lordsofillusion.com/closer/

  • REWIND - Cancelled TV show pilot - Time Travel Sci-fi/Action (Promo) (1:16:01hrs) - NOT A SHORT VIDEO.
    From Italianoboy UK
    Published on 14 Jan 2014
    Cancelled TV pilot of the sci-fi series; REWIND (Series 01 - episode 01)
    Cancelled TV Show/Film which revolves around a team of military field operatives and civilian scientists who must use untested technology to travel back in time to alter past events in order to change the future and avoid a devastating terrorist attack.

  • SEED, Short Film (13:40mins)
    From Tyson Wade Johnston
    Published on 24 Oct 2012
    "Set in the year 2071, where technology has brought mankind to the brink of colonization on a planet named Gaia, one astronaut takes on an isolated mission and discovers unearthly horrors that could bring an end to human life on this planet".
    Written & Directed by Tyson Wade Johnston.
    Starring Justin Zachary.
    A Free Bandit Motion Picture, © tysonwadejohnston.co

  • Ice Planet 2001 (1:22:54hrs) - NOT A SHORT VIDEO.
    From TweetyLTWG
    Published on 24 Feb 2013
    Ice Planet full movie. SciFi movie, to some maybe the worst movie, but others say: "Hey, its science fiction, so anything is possible". I myself give this movie a 5 (out of 10). Nevertheless, enjoy.
    Also visit www.andrewssuperstore.com
    This is an unsold TV Pilot, that arrived on DVD in 2003

Now I really must get on with something more useful...
115  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Hard Drive SMART Stats - from the BackBlaze Blog on: November 20, 2014, 06:48:44 AM
Interesting. Based on sound observations. That tallies pretty closely with what HDS (Hard Disk Sentinel) was reporting about the deteriorating state of my laptop hard drive a while back. I shall make a note of those for future reference.
This was a Seagate ST9500420AS 2½" laptop drive:

116  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Outline 4D >>50% off sale<< (only $50) on: November 19, 2014, 10:10:43 PM
^^ Yes, I quite agree. 4D is a great tool, though I personally would probably not use it for a project outline as I would (usually) get stuck into MS Project (or similar) for that sort of work - i.e., a critical path analysis Gantt/PERT tool.
MS OneNote certainly wouldn't be my first choice for that sort of work (project outlining), for similar reasons as you give.
The constraints I saw in 4D:
"...relatively rather constrained (by its technology) for other uses - e.g., not being able to usefully capture forms of input data other than text. ...) ... not sufficiently comprehensive (at least, not for my needs)"
- had little bearing on its fitness-for-purpose as a rather nifty writing tool (whatever you were wanting to write, structured or unstructured).

I would wish that OneNote had such features as 4D integrated into it. I liked it so much that I nearly bought the thing last March "just in case" I might be able to make good use of it later.   embarassed
117  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Outline 4D >>50% off sale<< (only $50) on: November 19, 2014, 07:26:03 PM
Out of interest, I ran a quick trial of the Write Brothers software Outline 4D in March 2014, and came to the conclusion that it was a potentially very useful tool for writers.
However, as it was well-designed to focus on its purpose as a tool to aid the writing process, it was thus relatively rather constrained (by its technology) for other uses - e.g., not being able to usefully capture forms of input data other than text.
So, if one wanted to use it as a general-purpose tool for PIM or note-making, it was probably not sufficiently comprehensive (at least, not for my needs).
The timeline idea seemed pretty nifty - for writers. I was considering getting it for just that (timeline) as it had potential use as an analysis tool for mapping the actors involved and the sequence of correspondence and actions in a complex legal case, but then I discovered that that was where its technology constrained it, so I abandoned the idea and used MS OneNote instead, which latter effectively cost me next to nothing and enabled OLE and integration with MS Office, etc. (which better met my peculiar requirements).

Otherwise, it seemed well-designed for its purpose. The Write Brothers software includes what looked like some other rather good software for writing/scripting (in the sense of scripts for plays/films/TV).
118  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox Extensions: Your favorite or most useful on: November 19, 2014, 02:46:32 PM
I have just installed CanvasBlocker :: Add-ons for Firefox as it looks potentially useful (and I have seen nothing else that does this), per: How to block Canvas Fingerprinting in Firefox browser, where it says:
Archaic methods of tracking users via cache and cookies mechanisms are always there. But of late, there has been a new invasive method for tracking users across the Internet – Canvas fingerprinting. The mechanism takes advantage of the Canvas API in modern browsers, which interacts with a computer’s graphics chip and allows users to play games and interact with webpages. Here, invisible images are delivered to the browser with malicious intentions and then sent back to the server with a “fingerprint” of the computer and location.

If you are a Firefox user, spare few minutes and read this post, chances of you falling prey to this web’s trickiest privacy threat could be reduced if not removed to a large extent. ... (read more at the link)
119  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: November 18, 2014, 02:23:04 PM

Very droll, thanks. The only comment I could suggest is the quote:
"You didn't make that!"
120  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox windows and CPU slow-downs and restarts on: November 18, 2014, 07:18:18 AM
Really, stay on Firefox ESR.
We're no longer 20-somethings, let someone else be the beta tester. You (I mean me) have less time remaining to spend on this planet, and troubleshooting a new version of web browser every 6 weeks or so is not something I intend to do.
ed.: "the" use for non-native speakers.

+1 for that. I too reckon that we each probably have better things to spend our cognitive surplus on than fiddling about with misbehaving browsers.
However, I have remained on the FF beta channel because it doesn't seem to require my attention. If FF slows down, then, to speed things up a bit, I periodically run CCleaner, and that clears out or compresses the main browser caches. Seems to work for a while.
121  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Pros/Cons re Microsoft EMET (Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit)? on: November 18, 2014, 06:40:48 AM
I read at gizmo's freeware about Free Microsoft Windows Security Tool EMET Now in Version 5.1.
I was wondering what the DCF members cumulative experience was regarding using Microsft's EMET:
The Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit

To start the ball rolling, I have found these comments from earlier posts in the DC Forum:
MSE has saved my bacon on a few occasions ... AND ... wait for it ... it's endorsed by EliTheComputerGuy.

I use MSE and EMET constantly, with less frequent uses of SB-SD, and MBAM. Those along with twice monthly Macrium images form the basis of my PC defense.

Quote from: techsupportalert
Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit 4.1, EMET, a toolkit for deploying and configuring security mitigation technologies.
homepage and download: http://www.microsoft.com/...oad/details.aspx?id=41138

I also had this comment from a network specialist at an NZ telco, after I asked him whether he had any comments/advice on the Pros/Cons for the use of Microsoft's EMET:
We use it internally... I have not seen much of it. I'd say once you turn up the settings in the admin tool it would interfere with apps running at times, hence why it isn't baked into the operating system... at least that's what I suspect.
DEP is included in the toolset and from my experience it crashes a number of apps, including earlier versions of Microsoft Office. DEP was a technology borrowed from openbsd and *nix variants that already had this stuff in the kernel from early days.
There's a saying about security v. usability and the fine line between the two, and for different customers that line is in different places. smiley
122  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Internet freedoms restrained - SOPA/PIPA/OPEN/ACTA/CETA/PrECISE-related updates on: November 16, 2014, 09:11:34 AM

@Renegade: Thanks - the themalaymailonline.com article is quite telling.
@tomos: Thanks for those links. One never knows whether they are at liberty to disclose the whole story though.
123  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Internet freedoms restrained - SOPA/PIPA/OPEN/ACTA/CETA/PrECISE-related updates on: November 16, 2014, 09:05:29 AM
^^ Hahaha. Bad luck there @Renegade. What you say? - Ars Technica lying? Surely not!    cheesy

Ars Technica though - what an embarrassment that seems to have become lately. It used to be so good too.
They now have "discussions" on there which sometimes seem to be heavily biased propaganda or just plain misinformation, and where discussion can often turn into a moronic stream of ad homs by selected attack dogs against any luckless soul who dares to question a preferred line. Critical thinking apparently not required. I think the rot may have started when they tried coercing readers to switch off their AdBlockers (remember that?) - it set off a bit of an adverse reaction from some regular readers who just walked away (myself included).
I reckon the editors probably know exactly what they are about and do it deliberately - i.e., with the express purpose of simply encouraging/generating clicks from irrational and "hot under the collar"  commenters. It must pay dividends or they wouldn't do it.
124  DonationCoder.com Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: Sorting - latest copy on top on: November 16, 2014, 08:28:12 AM
I usually get CHS to open up with 3 panes:
  • The left pane is the "Tree" pane, selected "All".
  • The middle pane is the "Grid" pane, with the slider at the bottom, corresponding to the most recent item captured.
  • The right pane is the "Memo" pane and displays the contents of the most recent item captured.

I got this by setting up the view I wanted, then saving it as a Layout called "3-pane". I have several different Layouts saved, giving different views or sort orders - e.g., one Layout is called "3-pane hide", where the "Tree" pane auto-hides.

When one shuts down CHS in a  specific Layout, it starts up in that Layout by default.
It all seems to be user-settable.
125  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: November 16, 2014, 02:48:27 AM
Man says , "Mick, what ya talkin into an envelope for?".
"I'm sending a voicemail ya fool!"
Man says "Mick, I'm thinking of buying a Labrador."
"Blow that" says Mick, have you seen how many of their owners go blind?"
Mick takes 18 men-friends to the cinema, the ticket lady asks "Why so many of you?"
Mick replies, "The film said 18 or over."
The Grim Reaper came for me last night, and I beat him off with a
vacuum cleaner. Talk about Dyson with death.
I went to the cemetery yesterday to lay some flowers on a grave.
As I was standing there I noticed 4 grave diggers walking about with a
coffin, 3 hours later and they're still walking about with it.
I thought to myself, they've lost the plot!!
My daughter asked me for a pet spider for her birthday, so I went to
our local pet shop and they were £70!!!
Blow this, I thought, I can get one cheaper off the web.
I was at an ATM yesterday when a little old lady asked if I could
check her balance, so I pushed her over.
I start a new job in Seoul next week.
I thought it was a good Korea move.
I was driving this morning when I saw a parked RAC van.
The driver was sobbing uncontrollably and looked very miserable.
I thought to myself, that guy's heading for a breakdown.
Statistically, 6 out of 7 dwarfs are not Happy.
My neighbour knocked on my door at 2:30am this morning, can you
believe that 2:30am?!
Luckily for him I was still up playing my Bagpipes.
I was explaining to my husband last night that when you die you get
reincarnated but must come back as a different creature.
He said he would like to come back as a chimpanzee.
I said "You're obviously not listening."
My husband has been missing a week now.
Police said to prepare for the worst.
So I have been to the charity shop to get all his clothes back.
The wife was counting all the 5ps and 10ps out on the kitchen table
when she suddenly got very angry and started shouting and crying for
no reason.  I thought to myself, "She's going through the change."
When I was in the pub I heard a couple of plonkers saying that they
wouldn't feel safe on an aircraft if they knew the pilot was a woman.
What a pair of sexists. I mean, it's not as if she'd have to reverse
the bloody thing!
Local Police hunting the 'knitting needle nutter', who has stabbed six
people in the rear with a knitting needle in the last 48 hours, believe the attacker could be
following some kind of pattern.
Bought some 'rocket salad' yesterday but it went off before I could eat it!
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